Ex-Trojan brain surgeon Brian Cushing, found to have tested positive for an NFL-banned performance-enhancing drug, was rightly suspended without pay for four games. In an interesting move, a re-vote was then taken among the panel of Associated Press sportswriters that had previously voted Cushing NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The re-vote results were, to say the least, astounding.
In an incredulous validation of illegal steroid use, the erstwhile panel again voted Cushing the recipient of the award, which until then, carried a modicum of prestige.
Granted, 22 of the 39 sportswriter who originally voted for Cushing changed their vote, but 18 still endorsed him, including one writer who actually had the audacity to CHANGE his vote TO Cushing! That outstanding citizen is Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette, When asked about his vote change, Bouchette has given only flippant responses, basically indicating he was upset about having to take valuable time away from his other activities to cast a second vote.
At a time where it would seem that the use of steroids, HGH, and other performance-enhancing drugs is down in professional sports, and with the apparently widespread realization of the serious damage that such drugs do to the physical well-being of those who choose to ingest, inject, rub in, or shove up such drugs, it is a slap in the face to every other college and professional athlete, in particular last season’s crop of NFL rookies, to give this award to Cushing. A second time. AFTER the announcement of his positive drug test.